Thursday, January 10, 2013
MGH, the Owings Mills company that paired the Natty Boh man and the Utz girl together in an iconic Smyth Jewelers billboard, will award a small business a billboard on a major highway in Maryland.
MGH, an Owings Mills advertising and marketing firm, is giving one small business in Maryland the opportunity to kick off 2013 with a big bang. The company, known for its iconic Smyth Jewelers’ ad that has the Natty Boh man proposing to the Utz girl, launched Make It Big, the winner of which gets a billboard designed and placed by the agency on a major Maryland highway for one month. To enter the contest, small for-profit businesses can submit videos detailing with the company should win until Feb. 13. From Feb. 20 until March 5, the public will be able to vote on three finalists chosen by MGH. The free billboard could earn as many as 1.6 million impressions, according to a press release. “I started MGH with my business partners and a …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot will visit small businesses in Glyndon on Thursday to encourage Marylanders to shop locally for the holidays.
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot will do a tour of small business in Glyndon this Thursday in an effort to encourage Marylanders to shop locally this holiday season. “Shopping locally puts citizens’ hard earned money back into their communities and also support local businesses and the more than 500,000 hard-working Maryland retail employees,” according to a press release. Franchot will be joined by local elected officials, Patrick Donoho, president of the Maryland Retailers Association, and Brian Ditto, executive director of the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce. Franchot’s visit starts at noon at Santoni’s, and he will make his way to The Boxwood Collection, The Wine Post and several other shops.
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Monday, February 27, 2012
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The Jolly Pig specializes in an assortment of unique, homemade creations.
Just three weeks into their new venture, Joann and Tad Calwell say they’re still trying to carve out their niche within the Owings Mills community. However, when you’re serving grub like Korean pork barbecue and spicy Cajun gumbo out of a bright pink truck with a smiling pig as the logo, it’s tough to say you’re not one of a kind. Eldersburg residents for the last 20 years, the pair opted to set up business in Owings Mills because of the growth in the area and the fact that they felt locals were being underserved during the lunchtime hours. “It’s growing so much, it’s really an urban area in the suburbs,” Joann said of Owings Mills. “The people have been really nice here and I definitely think there are enough people here that you can make…
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Maryland's Comptroller Peter Franchot says it would give a boost to business.
State Comptroller Peter Franchot pitched the idea last week that Maryland schools should start after Labor Day instead of in late August, according to the Baltimore Sun. He said the shift would bolster local businesses. Some states have school calendars that defer the opening of school until after Labor Day. In Virginia, what is known as the “Kings Dominion Law” has been around since the 1980s, although the Huffington Post reported that the measure has opponents currently fighting for its repeal. With a name that references the theme park, the law mandates that schools not open before Labor Day, in large part to help promote tourism and business. A few states away, Ohio lawmakers are looking into standardizing the state's school calendars …
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Middle River-based Colliflower Inc. is just one of many local businesses that have benefited from the program, which was established in 1996.
Hunter Cochrane said his hoses and hydraulic fitting business, Colliflower Inc., was busting at the seams at its Yellow Brick Road facility in 1998. Back then, the company was located in a 3,000-square-foot building and employed 16 people. Cochrane knew that for his business to continue to grow he would need a new location for his corporate headquarters. So, he turned to the Baltimore County Small Business Loan Partnership for help. With a small business loan through that program, Cochrane was able to build a 15,000-square-foot facility along Pulaski Highway in Middle River and now has 30 employees working at the site. That expansion, Cochrane said, would not have gone as smoothly without the assistance of the program. Colliflower, which …
Eric Chessler and Jason Cohen have teamed up to offer businesses innovative means to reel in potential customers.
After dropping out of school just a couple of semesters into his tenure at Towson University, Eric Chessler quickly learned something while working for his father’s business that he may never have caught on to had he been busy daydreaming in some lecture hall. Determining that he’d be more likely to understand marketing a business if he was actually employed by one, Chessler went to work for his dad’s picture framing shop in Baltimore, helping his father with the company’s website, E-newsletter and Facebook page. He soon learned that his father wasn’t the only guy around town that could benefit from utilizing a social media expert. When other businesses came calling, Chessler realized the demand for helping others with social media …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Chamber of Commerce held its annual holiday party Monday.
ROMG Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brian Ditto can’t count exactly how many times the The Grill at Harryman House has hosted the Chamber’s annual holiday party. Ditto does recall, though, that each year more and more people have had a blast attending the event. Monday night was no exception, as throngs of community members packed the grill’s party room to not only enjoy plenty of food and beverages, but also to honor the winners from the “Taste of the Town.” “This is what the chamber is all about,” Ditto said. “To have the chance to interact and to casually do business with one another. It’s also a good chance to reflect on the things we’ve accomplished in 2011 and point us toward some goals in 2012.” While the chamber recognized …
Monday, December 5, 2011
Chances are, if you’ve placed a catering order at Santoni’s in the past seven years, you’ve spoken with Joanne Ditto.
Throughout her working career, whether it was as a travel agent, kindergarten teacher or assistant manager at Hallmark, Joanne Ditto has loved interacting with others. Since 2005, she's continued that passion at Santoni’s Market Place. A Reisterstown resident since 1966, Ditto relishes the opportunity to catch up with old friends at work , all while being a part of a respected, family owned business. Ditto sat down with Patch to talk about why she loves coming into work, the keys to dealing with customers and more. Patch: What do you like about living in Reisterstown and the community as a whole? Ditto: I like the friendliness of the people. I like the school system. When my kids were in school they went to Timber Grove Elementary and it …